Grand Theft Auto – Living the Dream

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I got onboard with the Grand Theft Auto series in GTA 3, I didn’t have a PC and although one of the top down versions came out on the original PlayStation, it didn’t register on my radar. I vaguely remember someone showing me, but it seemed like a throwback to the downward view games of the 80’s arcades, there were far more interesting gta 5 cheats xbox one for me to be to be spending my time on, such as staring at the back of a (then) very blocky Lara Croft. It wasn’t until GTA 3 on the PlayStation 2 hit, that I remember sitting transfixed in a friends living room, open mouthed as I watched him swapping cars, going on a rampage and generally just blowing stuff up at random.

I was in love (with the game, not Mike. Sorry Dude).

Vice City was the one that I remember the best, with its combination of neon, 80s movie references, stellar voice cast ensemble including Ray Liotta and Burt Reynolds, the first appearance of motor bikes that seemed to scream along at breakneck speed compared to most of the cars, helicopters, and that crappy Dodo plane that was as hard as hell to control. It seemed complete, polished and complete.

San Andreas pushed the envelope further. The map grew to four times the size, the flight aspect was greatly expanded, character interaction with random events, the Hollywood influence was still strong with Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Busey and Chris Penn among others giving great voice performances. I didn’t really connect with the lead character as much and found certain aspects creeping in that were a bit irritating, but at least you finally didn’t die when you fell in the water.

GTA 4 should have been another leap forward but after a while playing it, I got bored. The Hollywood factor had gone, you were constantly being hassled by perople such as the main character’s brother, Roman, to go and do some boring activity like drinking until you fell over, playing darts or bowling. If you kept turning them down, they got irritated. It was drawn out, had long replay on each mission if you stuffed up, and was just dreary and depressing. Where had the fun gone? The Lost and Damned expansion followed, shortly after that, The Ballad of Gay Tony. Neither of which I bothered with as I had become despondent with the series, but apparently they were a step in the right direction again.


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